The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) presents the exhibition Threads to the South, curated by Anna Burckhardt Pérez. The group exhibition features works by over twenty artists from ten countries, including videos, photographs, paintings, works on paper, and textiles developed between 1967 and 2023.


Threads to the South, the group exhibition at ISLAA, considers the medium of fiber as a conceptual tool for exploring the relationship between belonging, identity, and territory in Latin America.


The exhibition title is borrowed from the poem “I am climbing threads to the South” by Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. Having lived most of her life in exile from her homeland, Vicuña writes of longing for her home and climbing symbolic threads that connect her to her roots in the south. Featuring artworks by artists including Gustavo Caboco, Cristina Flores Pescorán, Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Anna Bella Geiger, Lidia Lisbôa, Hélio Oiticica, Marta Palau, Antonio Pichillá, and Vicuña, among others, the exhibition showcases how artists have used fiber, thread, and textiles in disparate ways to chart connections to their roots.

Spanning ISLAA’s upstairs exhibition space and its two lower-level galleries, Threads to the South illustrates how fiber serves as a bridge between distinct times and places, embedded with histories and cultural traditions, including the complexities of national and individual identities in and from Latin America. The artists in the exhibition use thread to communicate physical or emotional displacement as they long, search, and strive for real and imagined territories to ground themselves firmly in Latin America. Together, these works underscore the processes of making, thinking, and feeling through fiber to question colonial conceptions of time and place, produce alternative art histories, and create new ideas of home.


Artists participating: Olga de Amaral, Gustavo Caboco, Feliciano Centurión, Manuel Chavajay, Nora Correas, Gracia Cutuli, Antonio Dias, John Dugger, Jorge Eielson, Elvira Espejo Ayca, Cristina Flores Pescorán, Anna Bella Geiger, Marlene Hoffman, Nelson Leirner, Lidia Lisbôa, Mónica Millán, Sandra Monterroso, Julieth Morales, Hélio Oiticica, Marta Palau, Antonio Pichillá y Cecilia Vicuña.

Threads to the South is on view through July 27, 2024.